Lock Up Cancer event returns to benefit local cancer association

The popular Lock Up Cancer fundraising event is returning to benefit the Mecklenburg County Cancer Association (MCCA) on Wednesday, March 15, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Brian’s Steak House.
The event is open to the public, and all are encouraged to come out and enjoy an evening of fun locking up local celebrities in a mock jail until their bail is met.
Businesses and government agencies in the local area are supporting the cause by volunteering representatives to be mock “criminals” for the evening and pledging funds. Approximately 30 wanted posters have been issued, and the police are ready to bring them all in.
The public can join in the fun by making donations toward someone’s bail amount and selecting people in attendance at the event to be locked up for the amount of time associated with the amount of a donation.
Judge Brentley Morris from Citizens Community Bank will be presiding and handing out sentences and bail amounts, and if things get too rowdy, “Security Sam” will be there to bring order. Music will be supplied by DJ Mark Kidd.
All the proceeds collected at the Lock Up Cancer event will go directly to the MCCA to help local residents battling cancer cover their expenses.
Event coordinators Tonya Morris Kim, Rhonda Elmore and Chrystal Elmore are strong advocates for supporting those who have been or are going through battles with cancer. In the fall of 2015, the trio decided it was time to focus their efforts locally, so they joined the board of MCCA.
Wendell Watterson founded the MCCA in 2006 after battling with various forms of cancer himself and hearing from others who were struggling to meet the costs for treatment, medication, travel expenses and time lost from work. The MCCA is a local organization dedicated to assisting Mecklenburg County residents who are struggling with financial costs in treating cancer.
Residents of Mecklenburg County that are in need of financial assistance due to the high costs associated with fighting cancer can apply for assistance at mecklenburgcancer.org.